The frontiers of innovation 2017

Renewable energy and electric cars promise to clean up the world, robots extend their reach, bitcoin futures launch and artificial intelligence muddies the waters for policymakers. Catch up on the year’s comment and analysis

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A bubble, yes, but not a dangerous one until leverage is piled on top

The shift to cleaner power is disrupting entire industries. Will the 21st century be the last one for fossil fuels?

Bitcoin futures launch gives us a glimpse of how innovation is shaping everyday life

No one knows who’s liable if a program goes haywire, as regulators struggle to keep pace

While Tesla’s share price has soared, the gloom surrounding traditional carmakers seems overdone as a collaborative future beckons 

Taller French and fewer divorces come from broader connections in life and work

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Market forces are more powerful than any computer

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